professor
Narges Erami

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Jan 2005

Although Narges is new to instructing, I feel she did a very good job given the texts required by CC and by the limitations on time. The discussions were always interesting, and although occasionally meandering, they were mostly relevant. The atmosphere in class was encouraging and very friendly. Narges did an amazing job of keeping the class focused when needed, but she also realizes that the freedom of discussions can lead to broader conclusions and connections. Very accessible and understanding, Narges has transformed a core class into an interesting, throught provoking, and more importantly, enjoyable experience.

Jan 2005

Ok, Narges is new to the whole teaching thing, so I do have to give her a lot of slack. Overall though, this class was unorganized and unenjoyable. I hope things will improve as she gets used to the classroom and learns how to control students a little better. I learned very little about the actual texts for this class. Most of the discussion cenetered on students' personal feelings about the issue. One major shortcoming is that Narges seems to know quite a bit about international politics, which would be great, if only she didn't assume everyone else in the room knows what she's talking about. Often she and the two or three other students would get involved in a discussion which left everyone else in the dark. Other than that, Narges is a wonderful person, one of the nicest people I've met at Columbia actually. Unless you're dead-set on CC being your best college experience, go ahead and give this class a chance. I'm sure her teaching will improve with experience and she is very open to constructive criticism.

Jan 2005

Not too bad. This is her first time teaching CC. On the negative side, it definitely shows that it is her first time. she often makes mistakes that makes even the students think "come on already." but again, its not because she's bad, only inexperienced. the class discussions in general were VERY lively, though she would most of the time either talk too much or not enough. she could never quite find the right balance. the writing assignments were sometimes good, sometimes weird and vague (she's an anthropologist, and apparently they all write like that). however, that shouldn't be much of a deterrent, she was pretty open about what you wrote about, since the topics were intentionally vague. and she was definitely on the light side on grading. so while she needs some time before she figures out how to lead this class a little better, she is extrememly knowledgeable, and though sometimes lets her biases overcome the intent to lead an honest discussion, she is generally pretty good at exploring new ideas. if you're looking for a class to switch into, this would not be a bad one by any means.